In concentration with the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo points out that the rivalry with Messi was good, and the spectators liked it, but it wasover
The Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo pput an end to the rivalry he had with the Argentine Lionel Messi by pointing out that “whoever likes Cristiano does not have to hate Messi” and added that the two players changed history in the world of soccer.
In a press conference at the Ciudad del Futbol de Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon, where he is concentrated with the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo pointed out that the rivalry with Messi was “good, the spectators liked it”, but “it was finished”, and today, although there is no friendship, “we respect each other”.
“We have shared the stage for 15 years and we have ended up being, I won’t say friends, I have never had dinner with him (laughs), but we are professional colleagues and we respect each other,” said the Portuguese star of the Saudi team Al Nassr.
When questioned about the enmity between his followers and those of the Argentine Lionel Messi, Cristiano ruled out any “hatred”.
“Whoever likes Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have to hate Mesi . They are both very good, they have changed the history of football. We are respected all over the world, that is the most important thing,” said the Portuguese striker.
Cristino Ronaldo also assured that the captain of the Argentina national team, from what he has seen so far, “is doing well” in his new team, Inter Miami, and that, although he is no longer a direct rival of the Argentine, “ “The legacy continues.”
The next matches between Portugal and Argentina
The Portuguese national team, and its top figure Cristiano Ronaldo, will be active this week in the qualifiers for Euro 2024, facing Slovakia on Friday, September 8, and Luxembourg on Monday, September 11.
For its part, the current world champion Argentina will have its first qualifying matches towards the 2026 World Cup against Ecuador this Thursday, September 7, and against Bolivia on Tuesday the 12th.